To all those out there who are undecided I urge you to apply for the Scottish Government ‘White Paper’ in book form. You can get it free from their website and have it delivered to your address free of charge. I applied for mine and will take my time in the remaining months leading up to the referendum to absorb the vast amount of information contained within. I shall also continue my, as yet, fruitless search for any kind of positive literature that details why myself and my country would be ‘Better Together’ with our other neighbours in the United Kingdom. It would be excellent if the No Campaign had a similar ‘White Paper’ itemising all the benefits of the ‘Union’ so that all those yet to decide could cross reference the pros and cons of both sides of the debate. Ah but sadly that is unlikely to happen this side of the referendum for fear that their positive case for the Union would struggle to fill the face side of an envelope never mind a book with 650 pages.
For those of you out there who have already decided to vote No to independence then I would urge you to read the White Paper anyway instead of accepting the verdict of those Unionist politicians with a vested interest in trashing it before it even went to print. This is a once in a life time opportunity for the people of Scotland to debate the issue and make a clear and informed decision on how we are governed. Even if it has always been your intention to vote No then you still owe it to yourself and your family to consider all the evidence and all the facts before making such a vital and important choice. If as you suggest there is no need to change what isn’t broken then there is no harm in reading the White Paper. If nothing else it will alert you to the intentions of those ‘Nasty Nats’ and that ‘Dastardly Dictator’ in the event that things don’t go your way and the majority of Scots actually vote Yes. It may even persuade you to join the 650,000 Scots who are ‘apparently’ planning to migrate south if your worst fears are realised. Indeed, by reading the White Paper you may well come to the conclusion that life under the Iron Fist of ‘Irritating Eck’ would be so bad that you might as well beat the traffic. Or you might just find that it actually makes a bit of sense and is not as bad as the Fear Mongers have been making out. You can even make some informed comparisons between the White Paper supporting Scottish Independence and the information on offer from the Unionist politicians and the Unionist media which highlights all the positive reasons for voting ‘No’. I would suggest that you will have more time on your hands to read the White Paper than you might think, especially when you realise there is nothing remotely close to it within the Unionist No Campaign.
If, like me, you have always wanted independence for Scotland and passionately believe it is the right thing for you and your country, then I humbly suggest that you will not be disappointed with the Scottish Governments ‘Comprehensive’ White Paper. I am confident you will find most if not all of your concerns have been answered in significant detail and there is nothing of this magnitude on offer from the Westminster Government in support of the Union or their ‘Project Fear’ lackeys such as Alistair Darling and Johan Lamont. If it was the Unionist intention to dumb down the debate and stifle the flow of information then that intention has been truly thwarted once and for all.
Don’t sit up of an evening and power read from cover to cover as if you have days and hours to memorise its contents. Just take your time and read at your own pace taking the time to take in the vast amount of information. When discussing independence with family, friends or work mates keep the book handy so you can access answers to the questions of others. The book is cleverly structured so that information is clearly labelled and easy to reference. When debating on line or on the streets have the book at hand and you will be able to flick through the chapters and paragraphs no problem and confidently answer the genuine questions about what an independent Scotland will look like following a Yes vote. Yes there will be critics of this substantial document but remember the best of those critics dismissed its contents before they had a chance to read it.
There will be difficulties ahead for Scotland as there will be for all other nations regardless of whether it is a Yes or a No vote on the 18th of September this year. However, the Scottish Governments White Paper is a genuine attempt to answer the genuine concerns of its citizens regardless of their voting intentions and there is no doubt in my mind that the referendum has stepped up a few gears as a result of its publication. The fact that the Unionist Anti-Independence Campaigners do not feel the need to respond in kind will, I am sure, be to the detriment of their own cause. If the effort and time that has been put into the White Paper is an indication of things to come then I am confident that Scotland’s democratically elected Government has raised the bar and raised the profile of the Independence Debate throughout Scotland and well beyond its borders. We will all be asked to make a ‘Historic’ decision on how we wish to be governed and by whom therefore it is imperative that that we educate ourselves with as much information as possible in order to make a truly informed decision on our future. Accessing the Scottish Governments White Paper is a significant contribution to that process.